TURKEY — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday threatened to shut down a manufacturer of Turkish missile systems if the company, Turkish Aerospace Industries, does not comply with the government’s orders.
The company, known as TAI, is the main supplier of Turkey’s military-grade rockets, which are fired from Turkish air bases in the country’s southeast.TAI is owned by the Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) Holding, a company that is partly owned by Erdogan’s party.
The company has been ordered to submit to a government investigation into its operations and financial arrangements.
The Turkish president said on Twitter that if TAI fails to comply with his orders, he will shut down the company.
The decision comes as the government in Ankara is under intense pressure from the United States and Europe to extradite the chief of Turkey, who is facing corruption charges in the United Kingdom.
The government has already summoned the top prosecutor in the eastern province of Diyarbakir to address allegations that the prime minister and other senior officials were trying to sell the province to a private consortium.
The prime minister’s office has denied any wrongdoing.
In an interview on CNN Turk on Sunday, Erdogan said he had spoken with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who urged Turkey to do everything possible to get the company out of the country.